Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s LifeFlight® program safely transports over 3,000 infants and children per year to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Our patients come from local clinics and hospitals as well as from referring centers throughout Florida, the Caribbean and South and Central America. Service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, through a fleet of six ambulances, a Hospital-owned helicopter operated by PHI, and on-demand fixed wing jets from multiple medical fixed wing providers within South Florida. The efforts are coordinated through our Transfer Center staffed by skilled communication specialists and nurses.
LifeFlight® carries some of the most advanced life-support systems such as neonatal and pediatric ventilators, defibrillators, intubation equipment, cardio-respiratory and hemodynamic monitors, infusion devices, whole-body hypothermia capabilities, transport phototherapy capabilities, transcutaneous Pa02 monitors, emergency medications, transport incubators and other equipment necessary for IV therapy, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and care of the critical patient at altitude.
Nicklaus Children's became one of the first U.S. hospitals to acquire a state-of-the-art ground ambulance capable of transporting muliple patients simultaneously. Our current ground fleet consists of two critical care ambulances that are licensed to perform neonatal transport and four advanced life support units that are equipped to perform care for all non-neonatal critical care transports.
LifeFlight's Sikorsky S76C+ helicopter is medically equipped to care for the needs of pediatric and neonatal patients. The aircraft is one of the most sophisticated air ambulances available with an unsurpassed flight stability and safety record. LifeFlight is proud to have PHI as our air operator. Our relationship with PHI gives us access to an additional S-76 aircraft further increasing our operational time.
Supporting Families and Children in our Care
The Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s LifeFlight® transport team understands the stress the child and parent/guardian experience when a transport is necessary. Whenever possible, the crew encourages the parent or guardian to be present during transports, ensuring that the child is accompanied throughout the flight and during arrival at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.
The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems will conduct an accreditation site visit of LifeFlight® – Nicklaus Children’s Hospital on March 11-12, 2019. Read more.
The Award of Excellence is one of the most distinguished awards presented in the field of specialty air medical services and is sponsored by Airborne Life Support Systems Transport Incubators, a Division of International Biomedical Ltd. Read more.